This is the transitional time of the year when we consider putting your garden to bed.

The mild, damp weather is ideal for preparing the garden for winter. Any breaks between the rains can be pleasant in the garden. Here is a reminder of a few things to do before the severe winter arrives.

Apply a winter fertilizer such as 6-9-18 to lawns and shrub beds. This will keep up the winter colour and hardiness of the plants.

Lime the lawn in the rainy season (do not fertilize at the same time) to reduce the growth of moss.

Do some clean up pruning of summer blooming shrubs such as roses, hydrangeas, abelia and spirea. Do not prune spring flowering plants as they have set their flower buds. Cut back perennials as their tops die. Evergreen hedges can be pruned for a tidy look.

Weeds are sprouting and growing in the damp weather. Remove them now as they keep going all winter.

Rake the lawns once all the leaves are down, so as not to smother the grass. Leaf litter can be left in the garden beds to decompose. If they are removed, add mulch or compost to top up organic matter in the soil.

If you have not planted your spring flowering bulbs, do so now as soil conditions are perfect. They should be in by year end.

Reflect on how your garden did in 2018 with its successes and failures. This will help with the planning for your garden in 2019.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season as the garden hibernates.

Vegetable Planting Chart for Coastal BC

We are getting many enquiries as to what to seed and when, or what to plant and when! Luckily, West Coast Seeds has provided an excellent planting chart for our area. To view their planting chart which includes information on when to start your seeds indoors, when to direct seed outdoors, when to transplant, cover your seedlings and transplant and cover your vegetables view their chart here.

Waterfall outside Dinter Nursery